Do you enjoy receiving gifts? What if God wanted to give you a gift?
When God created us, he intended for you and me to have a harmonious relationship with Him. Unfortunately, that relationship was broken when man (Adam and Eve) sinned by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden. At that point, man became separated from God. No matter how good man tried to be, he continued to sin against God. God decided that something was needed to bridge the gap between Him and mankind – to re-establish that harmonious relationship. He decided to send Jesus Christ, his Son, as that connection between Him and us. Jesus came into this world to tell us that God loves and wants us to live peaceably with Him.
Jesus also came to serve as a sacrifice for us. He died on the cross for our sins. Days later, he arose from death and returned to heaven to be with God. His resurrection from death represents our chance to have a new beginning with God – a chance to be “saved” from our sinful nature and start a new relationship with God.
Salvation (to be saved) is the GIFT that God wants to give to each of us. To receive this gift, you only have to believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was resurrected. By accepting the gift of salvation, you are promised to live in heaven (like Jesus) and eternally with God. You are also promised to have the Holy Spirit, to guide you as you build this new relationship with God.
Salvation is God’s gift to you and me to begin a personal relationship with Him.
SUGGESTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN GROWTH
• Talk (pray) to God each day (John 15:7)
• Read God’s Word, the Bible, each day (Acts 17:11)
• Obey God moment by moment (John 14:21)
• Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7)
• Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your daily living (Gal. 5:16,17; Acts 1:8)
• Be a witness for Jesus Christ by the way you live and by your words (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8)